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Removal of abandoned vehicles

Report an abandoned vehicle

Reports can also be made by calling 0300 1234 000 (Option 7) with as much information as possible.

This could include:

  • the make of the vehicle
  • registration plate number
  • exact location
  • your name and address

Reports of abandoned vehicles are checked with the Driving Vehicle and Licensing Agency (DVLA), to check tax status and registered owner details.

All vehicle details are also passed to Suffolk Police HQ, in case the car was involved in any criminal activity.

The vehicle is inspected in order to decide if the vehicle has been abandoned.

If we decide that the vehicle is abandoned, attempts are made to contact the owner. This is to work out if the vehicle is genuinely abandoned (some reports are just parking disputes, rather than abandoned vehicles).

This gives the owner the chance to claim or remove the vehicle. If there is no response, a notice is served.

Once the notice period has passed, the vehicle is removed and destroyed on behalf of Suffolk County Council.

The costs are chargeable to the owner. There are separate charges for removal of a vehicle, storage of a vehicle and its destruction.